The Front Porch: Does Harvard Have an Asian-American Quota?


Is Harvard University is keeping out qualified Asian-American applicants in the interest of racial diversity? That’s what is alleged in a lawsuit.

On The Front Porch, a Yalie, a Harvard man and our resident intellectual from Marshall debate whether colleges should use race during admissions.

Are Appalachian students are at a disadvantage or advantage when they apply to selective schools? Perhaps a little bit of both.

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Next week, we’re tackling Appalachian accents, and we want to hear YOURS. Have you ever experienced discrimination because of your accent? Or has your accent led to some new connections with other people. Use your VOICE MEMO app on an iphone or other recording device and email me your answer. Send it to, and we might use it in the show.

The Front Porch is Scott Finn of West Virginia Public Broadcasting, Rick Wilson of the American Friends Service Committee and Laurie Lin of the Charleston Daily Mail. Our theme music is from the group Little Sparrow.

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